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Family Dentistry

Giving you and your tribe a head start in health.

Preventative Care

Caring for smiles both big and small.

The number one defense against most dental problems is proper hygiene maintenance and preventative dental care. By attending regular six-month check-ups, your family can benefit from the professional eye of Dr. Marwa Forest and our dental hygienists who can catch any early signs of common dental issues.

In addition, your Mint dentist goes a step further and spends time educating you on the best way to care for your family’s oral hygiene and create habits that’ll last a lifetime.

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Mint Dental is famed for our unique, friendly approach. We are redefining dentistry by adapting each treatment to your individual needs. Mint Dental’s preventative treatments include:

  • Comprehensive Exams
  • Professional Cleanings
  • Fluoride Treatment
  • Digital X-rays
  • Hygiene Programs

These treatments only scratch the surface of what we can do for your family’s health. We have a series of gentle, modern services specifically designed to boost the smiles of all people despite your age or background.

What’s more, Dr. Forest even spends time explaining how to brush and floss your teeth in the most efficient manner.

Brush your teeth two to three times each day with a soft-bristled toothbrush—you can even upgrade to an electric toothbrush. Be sure to use fluoride toothpaste to remove any food particles and plaque from the tooth and gum surfaces. Don’t forget about your tongue! Cleaning your tongue will remove any extra plaque-causing particles and help keep your breath fresh.

Brushing instructions:

Step 1. Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gum.

Step 2. Brush gently in a circular motion.

Step 3. Brush all surfaces of each tooth, including the outer, inner, and chewing surfaces.

Step 4. Don’t forget about the backsides of your teeth. Use the tip of your brush for the inner surface of your front teeth.

Decay-causing bacteria and plaque can linger between your teeth where the toothbrush bristles cannot reach. You should clean between your teeth at least once per day, as well as use mouthwash to help remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under your gum line.

Flossing instructions:

Step 1. Wind about 20 inches of floss around your each of your middle fingers.

Step 2. Use your thumbs and forefingers to guide about one inch of floss between your teeth.

Step 3. Gently saw the floss between your teeth. Then curve the floss into a C-shape against one tooth and gently slide it beneath your gums.

Step 4. Slide the floss up and down. Repeat for each tooth.

At Mint Dental, we provide preventative dental care for patients in Edina, Shakopee, and the surrounding areas.

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Keeping your teeth cavity-free isn’t always easy, especially when you are a younger patient. This is because your tooth surface has small pits and fissures that can trap food debris and decay. No matter how often you brush, these areas are at a higher risk of decay and thus can lead to cavities.

The good news is Dr. Marwa Forest and her team use modern dental sealants, which are innovatively designed to provide your teeth with extra protection.

Sealants are thin, plastic resins applied to your back teeth or teeth at risk of decay. The tooth’s pits and fissures are sealed, making the tiny grooves smooth and easier to clean.

Before the sealant is applied, your dental expert cleans the tooth and the surrounding area. She applies a special solution to the tooth’s surface and then carefully paints on the sealant material. The sealant dries and your tooth is strengthened and protected.

This treatment is most commonly used for:

  • Children’s teeth
  • Teeth with deep grooves
  • Molars (your back teeth)
  • Fighting the early signs of cavities

Dental sealants will be checked during your regular check-ups and should last a long time if cared for properly.


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Oral Hygiene

Your dental health hangs on a solid at-home hygiene routine. Without regular brushing and flossing, it is not possible to maintain a beautiful and healthy smile. Therefore, our experienced Mint Dental team has created a world-class hygiene program that is specially-adapted to your family’s needs.

Dr. Forest and a dental hygienist will assess your oral hygiene during your six-month visits and may recommend a program of professional cleanings. During these cleanings, our skilled hygienist will use modern technology to gently remove hard to reach plaque and carefully polish your teeth.

The cleanings are non-invasive but can be vital to sustaining your overall health. Why? Simply put, when tooth decay is not removed it can cause issues including:

  • Cavities
  • Periodontal Disease
  • Bad Breath
  • Teeth Staining

Regular professional cleanings work alongside your at-home routine for a healthier smile. Dr. Forest kindly works with you to ensure your brushing and flossing are both efficient and effective. She makes the learning process fun for all ages and promises never to lecture or judge.

Enjoy a healthier smile and a hygiene visit you’ll love!

Oral Hygiene

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Professional looking couple looking at a laptop and smiling

Emergency Care

When a dental emergency rears its head, it is very important to remain calm and assess the situation. Mint Dental offers emergency care to new and current patients during our opening hours.

Please call us in either Edina or Shakopee right away if you need dental care to save your tooth, stop bleeding, or alleviate severe pain.

Some common emergency problems include:

  • Toothache
  • Cracked or broken teeth
  • Knocked out teeth
  • Broken jaw
  • Loose teeth
  • Missing fillings or crowns

Even if you are unsure, it is best to contact us so we can provide some professional help over the phone. Our caring dental team is here for you, and can see you the same day if required.

Emergency Care

Benefits of Seeing a Family Dentist in Edina

Preventive & Emergency Care for All Ages – A family dentist is an expert in preventive care for both children and adults. Unlike pediatric dentists, who only treat children, a family dentist can spot problems that disproportionately affect children and adults. 

Your child will have a consistent dental practice to go to and they don’t have to find a new dentist once they turn 18. This allows your child to build a personal relationship with their dentist and establish their dental home which forms the basis of their oral health.

Convenient Scheduling – No longer worry about orchestrating disjointed appointments in Edina for each member of your family. Schedule back-to-back or simultaneous appointments for the whole family. 

When your child sees a pediatric dentist and everyone else sees a different dentist, it can mean taking a child out of school or you missing work to get to appointments. A family dentist makes scheduling dental treatments convenient and flexible.

Relieve Dental Anxiety – Dental anxiety is extremely common, especially among children. When your child sees you being treated at the dentist and gets to know a dentist that is trusted in treating the whole family, they feel more comfortable. 

Children are visual learners, and tend to mimic the behavior they see around them. Witnessing you have a good dental experience by the same dentist is likely to help relieve their fears and make them feel that they’re in good hands.

Spot Hereditary Problems – Family dentists have access to dental records of the whole family which enables them to spot hereditary oral health problems that other dentists who treat individual patients wouldn’t. 

This is a great tool to have in our prevention and early detection arsenal. When we’re aware that a parent has had orthodontic issues or is prone to tooth decay, we know what to look out for in their children.

Is Preventive Care Covered By Insurance?

Preventive dental care is the  field of dentistry most universally covered by insurance. Preventive treatments such as dental cleanings, checkups, x-rays, oral cancer screenings, dental sealants, and fluoride treatments are all incredibly important tools used to prevent serious oral health issues that would necessitate costly and invasive treatments in the future. 

Because preventive dental care prevents serious oral health problems such as tooth decay, gum disease, and oral cancer, these treatments are more commonly covered by insurance and usually receive the highest rate of coverage. 

The specifics as they relate to your dental insurance plan will vary. To find out to what extent your insurance plan covers preventive dental care and how much of a treatment they will cover, contact your provider directly. For patients who do not have insurance, we also offer a dental savings program and accept CareCredit.

Why Is Preventive Care Important?

Preventive dental care is so important because it prevents serious oral health problems such as cavities, gum disease, and oral cancer from developing. Screenings and checkups detect the early warning signs of these serious conditions so we can catch them in the reversible stages. 

Dental cleanings remove plaque and tartar buildup so you’re left with a brighter smile, fresher smelling breath, and better oral hygiene. Plaque leads to tooth decay and tartar causes gum disease. 

Preventive dental care is an affordable and accessible field of dentistry that saves you a lot of time and money on invasive procedures for oral health problems that could have been avoided. Contact us at Mint Dental to schedule an appointment with Dr. Forest in Edina today.

I love Mint Dental because the staff is wonderful, but not only that, it's also the atmosphere. The atmosphere is very welcoming and comfortable and gives you a great smile on your way out.

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